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26 FEBRUARY–28 MARCH BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND BRISBANE CITY HALL

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Welcome to Brisbane Comedy Festival 2017 Comedy is the blues for people who can't sing. Brisbane Comedy Festival is bigger than ever! It's so big, that we have an exciting second hub at Brisbane City Hall, with 13 comedians taking the various stages. And it's not just the comedians taking over the city. We have invited Brisbane's best food vendors to serve up international delights in King George Square, as well as some free debates to amuse you while you're munching on your supper. The 2017 program is bursting at the seams with over 60 comedians so much funnier than we could ever attempt to be. I mean, we’ve tried to be funny, but it’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things, literally. The Festival kicks off once again with the Brisbane Comedy Festival Gala at Brisbane City Hall. The Festival continues throughout March with outstanding international comedians, as well as our favourite national and local laugh-makers. A special thanks to The Comedy Channel, our presenting partner for Brisbane Comedy Festival. This is the third year they have supported the festival and we have enjoyed sharing so many laughs with them. Don't hold back; join us for four weeks of side-splitting laughter, and remember what Steve Martin said: comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke. Kris Stewart Artistic Director, Brisbane Powerhouse

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL IS PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND THE COMEDY CHANNEL

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE IS BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL’S CENTRE FOR LIVE ARTS AND CONTEMPORARY PERFORMING ARTS HELPING TO DELIVER A VIBRANT AND CREATIVE CITY.

05 B  risbane Comedy Festival Gala 06 Stephen K Amos 07 Wil Anderson 08 Matt Okine 09 Cal Wilson Joel Creasey 10 Tom Gleeson 11 Tommy Little Rove McManus 12 Jason Byrne 13 Neel Kolhatkar Mel Buttle 14 Aunty Donna 15 Ruby Wax Merrick Watts 16 Dave Thornton Sammy J 17 Fiona O’Loughlin 18 Hannah Gadsby 19  Dave O’Neil Urzila Carlson 20  Lehmo Susie Youssef Jeff Green 21 Dave Hughes 22  Tom Ballard Paul Foot 23 Becky Lucas 26  Damien Power Dusty Rich Sami Shah 27  Daniel Sloss 28 #FirstWorldWhiteGirls Cameron James Tom Walker 29  Frank Woodley 30 Lawrence Leung Charlie Pickering 31  Cam Knight 32 Alex Ward Frenchy Michael Workman 33  Nick Cody 34 Steen Raskopoulos Ben Russel and Xavier Michelides 35  Luke McGregor 36 Luke Heggie Guy Montgomery 37  Rhys Nicholson 38 Aaron Chen Sam Campbell Angus Gordon 39 Sam Simmons 40  Steve Hughes 41 Alex Williamson Stripnosis 42  Chris Wainhouse 43  Convince Me! Class Clowns 44 Potter Unplotted 45 Aboriginal Comedy Allstars QLD Born + Bread 46 QLD Theatresports After Hours


Bookings ONLINE brisbanecomedyfestival.com PHONE +61 7 3358 8600 BRISBANE POWERHOUSE BOX OFFICE HOURS Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 12–4pm, 90 min prior to performance. A transaction fee of $3 a single ticket or $6 for multiple tickets is charged per transaction.

Brisbane City Hall VENUES • Main Auditorium, Ground Floor, enter via King George Square. • Brisbane Room, enter via Ann Street entrance and take the lift or stairs to Level 1. •Ithaca Auditorium, enter via Ann Street entrance and take the lift or stairs to Level 2. • King George Square, main square in front of City Hall. PARKING Paid car parking is available at the King George Square Car Park, located directly underneath King George Square. Check Brisbane City Council’s website for special parking offers: brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/parkingpermits/car-parks/car-parking-special-offers PUBLIC TRANSPORT Train City Hall is only a five to ten minute walk from Central and Roma Street train stations. Bus There is a major bus interchange underneath King George Square and Queen Street Mall, as well as many bus stops along Adelaide Street. CityCat CityCats operate seven days a week; the closest ferry terminal is North Quay.

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Brisbane Powerhouse PARKING The Brisbane Powerhouse carpark has over 100 free car parks. During busy times, a one way link road is opened that connects New Farm Park carpark, which provides more than 200 additional car spaces. Secure bicycle racks are available outside of the Stores and Turbine buildings. PUBLIC TRANSPORT CityCat The New Farm Park CityCat jetty is a short 300m walk from Brisbane Powerhouse. Bus The 195, 196 and 197 bus services stop at the end of Brunswick Street at Oxlade Drive, on the East side of New Farm Park. The 199 bus stops at Merthyr Road and Hawthorne Street. Both stops are a short walk away from Brisbane Powerhouse. Taxi The taxi collect and drop-off area is in the car park. A free taxi phone is located in the foyer opposite the box office. For more information on public transit schedules and stop locations visit: translink.com.au

The information in this guide was correct at the time of printing.


BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA You’ll make the corridors of power roar with laughter in this special evening of comedy.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

Starring Fiona O’Loughlin, Aunty Donna, Rhys Nicholson, Tommy Little, Susie Youssef, Nick Cody, Urzila Carlson and a special surprise guest, this is set to be a rollicking good time. Put on your bowties, bring out your sequins and join us for the funniest gala in the city.

DATE Sun 26 Feb

PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY THE LORD MAYOR AND BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL

TIME 6pm VENUE Main Auditorium, City Hall TICKETS $60 (f), $54 (c) + transaction fee

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) IMAGE: STUDIO IMPRESSIONS

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STEPHEN K AMOS WORLD FAMOUS

Globe-trotting laughter master Stephen K Amos returns to Brisbane after delighting audiences around the world. In the last 12 months, Stephen has performed his unique brand of feelgood comedy all over England, Scotland, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Spain and the Seychelles. And what did he find when he got there? People. People like you and me and some of them said the most ridiculous things. To his face! All that, and more!

«««« HERALD SUN ««««« FIVE A A ««««« METRO “No one could possibly have left this feel-good show without a beaming smile on their face.” HERALD SUN PAGE 06

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND MARY TOBIN PRESENTS DATE Fri 24 Mar TIME 7pm VENUE Main Auditorium, City Hall TICKETS $44.95 (f), $40.95 (c)

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)


“... A SHOW FULL OF WIT, FULL OF JOKES, AND FULL OF WRY AND ACUTE OBSERVATIONS. BRAVO. GO SEE IT"

««««« THE AGE, 2016

WIL ANDERSON CRITICALLY WIL

In 2017, Wil Anderson is back with his brand new show, Critically Wil. You might know him as the host of ABC’s top-rating show Gruen or from his various podcasts, but it is on stage where Wil feels most at home. Wil is at the peak of his powers, and his 2016 show Fire at Wil was considered by audiences and critics as his best show yet.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Fri 24–Sun 26 Mar TIME Fri + Sat 8.50pm, Sun 7.50pm VENUE Main Auditorium, City Hall TICKETS Fri + Sat $49, Sun $47

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“cunningly written comedy that illuminates current political and social issues with his inimitable wit and intelligence.”

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HERALD SUN, 2016

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“SIDE-SPLITTINGLY FUNNY.” THE AUSTRALIAN

“LEFT THE AUDIENCE IN FITS OF LAUGHTER.” SCENESTR

MATT OKINE WE MADE YOU

Matt Okine is one of Australia’s favourite young comedians. He has scooped some major accolades in the past few years, including the prestigious Director’s Choice Award at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his intrinsically personal show, The Other Guy, and the 2015 ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release for Matt Okine Live at The Enmore Theatre… all whilst hosting a breakfast radio show. Now he is bringing his sixth solo show to Brisbane in 2017 and you can be sure as hell you don't wanna miss it. PAGE 08

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Fri 17–Sun 19 Mar TIME Fri 9pm, Sat 9.30pm, Sun 5pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Thu + Sun $34, Fri + Sat $39 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)


CAL WILSON

THINGS I’VE NEVER SAID Cal’s always been a bit of a people pleaser. This year that changes. She’s saying all the things she’s never said: about feminism, politics, and those brown shoes her husband won’t throw out. As seen on Whose Line is it Anyway? Australia and Have You Been Paying Attention?, don’t miss Cal Wilson at Brisbane Comedy Festival. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 07–Sun 12 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7.15pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue $25, Wed–Thu + Sun $32, Fri–Sat $37

JOEL CREASEY POSER

Joel Creasey, Australia’s crown prince of comedy, returns to Brisbane with his brand new show, Poser, for one night only! In 2016, Joel‘s show The Crown Prince sold out around Australia, adding extra shows everywhere he went. He then went on to play packed houses in New York, Montreal and Los Angeles, as well as whoring himself across Australian TV screens from comedy galas, panel shows, celebrity interviews and even the depths of the African jungle. Make sure you book early to see the immeasurable, unstoppable comedic force of Joel Creasey. This will sell out!

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND LIVE NATION DATE Sun 12 Mar TIME 5pm

“consummate performer with machine-gun delivery.”

«««« HERALD SUN

VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS $35 (f), $30 (c) + transaction fee

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) PAGE 09


“WELL ESTABLISHED AS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE COMICS.” THE ADVERTISER

TOM GLEESON CHEER UP

Star of The Weekly and host of Hard Quiz (ABC TV), Gleeson is also one of the finest stand-ups in the country. See the master at work.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Sat 25–Sun 26 Mar

“If there was such an event at the mythical Comedy Olympics – Gleeson could take on hecklers for Australia.”

HERALD SUN

TIME Sat 5pm + 7pm, Sun 6pm VENUE Main Auditorium, City Hall TICKETS Sat $40, Sun $30

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TOMMY LITTLE GOOD TALK

Performing live is what Tommy does best. He’s had a massive 2016, hosting The Comedy Channel’s Whose Line is It Anyway? Australia, the Just for Laughs Stand Up Special live from the Sydney Opera House, and continued being everyone’s favourite correspondent for The Project. When he wasn’t on your television, he was in your actual city touring to every major comedy festival in the country, selling out wherever he went. So do yourself a favour and enjoy a brand new show from the most exciting comedian of his generation. Good talk. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 28 Feb–Sun 05 Mar TIME Tue–Fri 7pm, Sat 5.30pm + 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu $25, Fri + Sat $35, Sun $32

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

ROVE McMANUS

THAT’S ME TALKING Residing in Sydney these days, Rove McManus has spent the last year becoming a regular on the stand-up circuit in the harbour city; he’s been enjoying the hell out of it and can’t wait to come back to Brisbane with his latest hour of jokes. Rove’s back on stage and having fun! Nothing beats the thrill of a mic, a stage and a room full of people laughing at your jokes. This is a rare chance to catch one of the country’s most popular and successful comedians up close and personal. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Fri 17–Sun 19 Mar TIME Fri 7.30pm, Sat 6.30pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Ithaca Auditorium, City Hall TICKETS Fri $35, Sat $45, Sun $39 + transaction fee

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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“WATCHING A NEW JASON BYRNE SHOW IS A BIT LIKE WITNESSING LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE." EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

JASON BYRNE IS PROPPED UP

A brand new show from the very experienced, very funny, absolute trouser-wetting, can’t-watch-much-more-as-I-thinkI’m-going-to-die comedian, Jason Byrne. Jason brings back his warmth and generous stagecraft with even more props and silly humour. On his last Australian tour he re-introduced his prop comedy mixed with his stand-up and audience participation. THEY LOVED IT. They wanted more silly props, more giant ducks, more rubber hands, owls, big wooden pegs and more amazing magic stunts. Bring your mates and family for a guaranteed laugh. You might even get a glimpse of a mouse with a moustache. PAGE 12

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND LIVE NATION DATE Thu 23–Sun 26 Mar TIME Thu + Fri 9pm, Sat 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Thu + Sun $44.90 (f, front row), $39.90 (c, front row), $39.90 (f) $34.90 (c), Fri + Sat $49.90 (front row), $44.90 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)


NEEL KOLHATKAR #OBJECTIFYNEEL

Neel believes brown men need to be sexually objectified. Neel hates political correctness— and he will tell you why. Neel’s sold-out shows worldwide, leaving behind dazzled critics, adoring fans, and over a million social media followers. #ObjectifyNeel examines race, youth, culture and politics through the lens of a cynically optimistic, barbarously honest 22-year-old. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

MEL BUTTLE

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT BUTTLE It’s 2017 people and there’s plenty of stuff for Mel to be fired up about. She’s also been working on her bird impressions and she’s making great progress. How many comedy shows have bird impressions guys? Not many. Just saying. Don’t miss the chance to check in and see what’s been happening with Australia’s favourite Buttle.* *Not Barry Buttle. AS SEEN ON THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF

AND FRONTIER COMEDY DATE Sat 04 Mar

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS

TIME 7.45pm

DATE Tue 14–Sun 19 Mar

VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse

TIME Tue–Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.45pm

TICKETS $30 + transaction fee

VENUE Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

TICKETS Tue–Thu $22, Fri + Sat $32, Sun $28

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

««««« BROADWAY BABY (UK) ««««« THEATRE PEOPLE ««««« WEEKEND NOTES

“the right mix of sarcastic self-deprecation and genuine vulnerability... expect to see Mel Buttle mature into one of the best Australian comics.”

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AUNTY DONNA Big Boys

Professional entertainment consisting of jokes and sketches, intended to make an audience laugh.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Fri 03 + Sat 04 Mar

“This bizarre, outlandish sketch comedy is guaranteed to make you wet your pantaloons and shit your tent.” VULTURE CULTURE “Uproarious, high octane comedy.”

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HERALD SUN

“high energy absurdity and side-splitting ridiculousness...” THE MUSIC

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«««« RIP IT UP “a bedazzling, belly-laugh-inducing show.” «««« BEAT MAG “... a national treasure in the making.”

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TIME Fri 7.15pm, Sat 6pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS $35 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)


RUBY WAX FRAZZLED

A Guide To Mindfulness: A Forum for Discussion. Drop dead gorgeous, sassy and smart, Ruby Wax brings her new five star, one-woman show to the stage. Based on her number one best seller, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. She’s been honoured with the title of poster girl for mental illness; once crazy, now less so, she gives a tour of the mind—how to use it, not lose it. By the way, she graduated from Oxford three years ago (at a late stage), so she should know her stuff.

MERRICK WATTS MAN OF THE HOUR

Life is confusing and no one has all the answers… except Merrick Watts. None of his answers are right but at least he’s having a go. This is Merrick’s first solo show. We know! What’s he been doing? He puts the delay down to not being able to come up with a funny enough quote for the poster. Man of the Hour attempts to answer all the questions nobody’s asking, like “Where did all the bull ants go? Now we have sink holes. Coincidence? I think not!” AS HEARD ON TRIPLE M’S MERRICK AND AUSTRALIA PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS

PRESENTED BY MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

DATE Thu 23–Sun 26 Mar

DATE Tue 28 Mar

TIME Thu–Fri 7.30pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm

TIME 7.30pm

VENUE Ithaca Auditorium, City Hall

VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse

TICKETS Thu $25, Fri + Sun $34, Sat $39 + transaction fee

TICKETS $42 (f), $35 (c) + transaction fee

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“I don't normally like people who talk about themselves in the third person but I love this guy.” MERRICK PAGE 15


DAVE THORNTON Onwards & Upwards

SAMMY J

HERO COMPLEX

This is a stand-up comedy show about my life. What’s been happening in it? Glad you asked, hypothetical person.

An unbelievably true story from the star of ABC’s Playground Politics, that won Best Comedy at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Well, last year I bought a house and had a kid. Mature moves, I guess, but can I remind you this is all from a man who is still too lazy to clean his bed sheets and instead leaves them on his bed and vacuums them. I’ll also be talking about other stuff I find funny and/or interesting. Come along and if you don’t laugh at least once I’ll give you your money back.*

In 1996, Sammy J borrowed some Phantom comics from his school gardener. That moment set off a chain of events that led to the birth of his daughter, saw him committing a crime in Canberra, and ended with a federal policeman searching his attic.

*Actual reimbursement cannot occur because of aforementioned house and child.

Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, having performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, been nominated for three ARIA awards, and provides the human half of the acclaimed man/puppet comedy duo, Sammy J & Randy.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Fri 17–Sun 19 Mar

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

TIME Fri 7.15pm, Sat 5.45pm + 7.15pm, Sun 6.15pm

AND LAUGHING STOCK

VENUE Brisbane Room, City Hall

DATE Thu 23–Sun 26 Mar

TICKETS Fri + Sun $32, Sat $35 + transaction fee

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

TIME Thu–Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.45pm VENUE Brisbane Room, City Hall TICKETS Thu $30, Fri–Sat $38, Sun $34 + transaction fee

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“MY STOMACH MUSCLES ARE STILL ACHING … THIS WOMAN IS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY FUNNY.” THE SUNDAY AGE

“YOU’D HAVE TO HAVE A HEART OF STONE NOT TO ENJOY IT.”

«««« HERALD SUN

FIONA O’LOUGHLIN A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS

Fiona is Australia’s true Queen of Comedy and is bringing her best to Brisbane Comedy Festival. With a massive following both here and overseas, she fearlessly presents unvarnished hilarious honesty, swiping through the grit of life. Nothing is sacred! This show will feature Fiona’s greatest hits of comedy, a selection of the most popular stories and jokes from her astounding career on stage. It’s a must see for fans and total newcomers to her work. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the very best of Fiona O’Loughlin, live in Brisbane.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND MARK DAVID MANAGEMENT DATE Wed 22–Sun 26 Mar TIME Wed–Fri 9pm, Sat 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm VENUE Ithaca Auditorium, City Hall TICKETS Wed $25, Thu + Sun $30,

Fri–Sat $35 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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“…ONE OF OUR BEST COMEDIANS: AT ONCE OUTRÉ AND HEARTFELT, BRUTAL AND UPLIFTING. SHE’S A MARVEL."

«««« THE AGE

HANNAH GADSBY NanEttE

Hello. I have another show for you. This show was inspired by a woman who goes by the name Nanette. Although we did not exchange a single word or even a glance, Nanette has changed my life. She hasn’t at all, but she did prompt me to think about some things and those things I thought have become this show. Cool stuff. THREE TIME NOMINEE BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE, HELPMANN AWARDS TWO TIME NOMINEE BARRY AWARD FOR BEST SHOW MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL AS SEEN ON ABC TV’S PLEASE LIKE ME PAGE 18

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Thu 16–Sun 19 Mar TIME Thu 7.30pm, Fri 9pm, Sat 7.45pm, Sun 8.30pm VENUE Thu + Fri Ithaca Auditorium, City Hall, Sat + Sun Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Thu $25, Fri + Sun $34, Sat $39 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)


DAVE O’NEIL

URZILA CARLSON

Dave O'Neil returns to Brisbane bringing his best-selling book, The Summer of ‘82 to life on stage for a hilarious hour of stand-up.

South African/New Zealand comedian Urzila Carlson makes her Brisbane debut with her show Unacceptable, exploring when it became unacceptable to like meat and impossible to process gluten.

THE SUMMER OF ‘82

During the ten weeks between finishing high school and receiving his Year 12 results, Dave fell in love, formed a band, went on the dole, found a job and got arrested! Dave is a regular on our TV screens, appearing on hit shows like Comedy Uplate, Agony Uncles, and The Oxfam Gala. Dave was also the most popular guest on Spicks and Specks, appearing over 50 times! Get in quick to re-live Dave’s dubious past with him! PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND DAVE O’NEIL DATE Thu 09–Sun 12 Mar TIME Thu–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Thu + Sun $25, Fri + Sat $32 + transaction fee

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

UNACCEPTABLE

And why isn’t it okay to call people out when they’re being assholes? You don’t need to like the latest hipster indie banjo band just because everyone’s saying they do. It’s actually okay to think they’re shit, you’re not alone. Urzila is a regular face on Australian television, making numerous appearances on shows such as Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Great Debate, and The Oxfam Gala. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND LIVE NATION DATE Thu 23–Sun 26 Mar TIME Thu–Sat 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Thu + Sun $30 (f), $25 (c), Fri–Sat $35

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LEHMO

THE FAMILY LIFEBOAT Becoming a new father has raised all sorts of questions for Lehmo.... Can you leave a dog to look after a baby? How long can you leave your baby in the car? Are your cats now less important? Does your wife love you as much as she used to? And what about the family lifeboat? AS SEEN ON THE PROJECT, HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? AND UTOPIA

“sharp observational humour and infectious energy… refreshingly funny.” THE MUSIC PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Sat 18–Sun 19 Mar TIME Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Ithaca Auditorium, City Hall TICKETS Sat $35, Sun $30 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

SUSIE YOUSSEF

CHECK YOUSSEF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOUSSEF Comedian, actor, writer, improviser… there is not much Susie can’t do when it comes to comedy. Not only has she impressed audiences around the globe with her sharp improv skills, she has also carved a name for herself on the telly with guest spots on ABC TV’s Rosehaven, Media Circus and Stan’s No Activity. The Brisbane debut of the show that scored five star reviews at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and sold out at the Sydney Comedy Festival. So do youssef a favour and buy a ticket before they sell out! AS SEEN ON WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? AUSTRALIA PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 21–Sun 26 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu $22, Fri + Sun $28, Sat $32 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

JEFF GREEN HONESTLY!

He’s back! Award winning comedian Jeff Green comes to Brisbane with his new show. Older, hairier and funnier than ever, Jeff delves into his expat, husband, father-of-two life to unleash a trademark belly-laugh filled show. Book early—don’t miss out. “Laugh for laugh Jeff is one of the best comedians in the land.” THE MUSIC “Makes you laugh with him and stays with you long after the lights go down.” ««««« BROADWAY BABY (UK) PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND FRONTIER COMEDY DATE Fri 17–Sun 19 Mar TIME Fri + Sat 8.15pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Fri + Sun $35 (f), $30 (c), Sat $35 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) PAGE 20


“AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE HOMEGROWN STAND-UP COMIC." HERALD SUN

««««« SUNDAY MAIL

DAVE HUGHES DELUDED

Did you know that if you type ‘Hughesy’ into your iPhone it autocorrects to ‘Highest’? Let's all ponder the significance of that as we book tickets to his new show. Do it now, as he will sell out. AS SEEN ON NINE NETWORK’S AUSTRALIA’S GOT TALENT AND THE FOOTY SHOW AS HEARD ON 97.3FM’S HUGHESY & KATE BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL DEBUT

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Thu 09–Sun 12 Mar TIME Thu + Fri 8.45pm, Sat 7.45pm, Sun 8.30pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Thu $30, Fri–Sat $44, Sun $42 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) PAGE 21


TOM BALLARD

PAUL FOOT

BOUNDLESS PLAINS TO SHARE

‘TIS A PITY SHE’S A PIGLET

Australia has a complicated history with boats. They’ve brought us disease, trade, cane toads, the America’s Cup, Water Rats and people. Oh, and fear. Shitloads of fear.

Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces as he tackles the big issues such as terrorism, Kim Jong-un Kardashian, immigration X-Factor and breakfast.

Tom Ballard was awarded the prestigious 2016 Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer and also managed to nab Barry and Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominations in the same year. In Boundless Plains To Share he presents a comedic exploration of Australia’s fucked up immigration situation.

The multi-award winning Mr Foot has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs in Australia, UK, Canada and USA, including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You, Melbourne Comedy Festival Galas, The Great Debate, Spicks 'n Specks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Funny As Hell and Last Comic Standing.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS

PRESENTED BY MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL AND BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

DATE ​​Sat 25 + Sun 26 Mar TIME 4.15pm

DATE Thu 23–Sun 26 Mar

VENUE Ithaca Auditorium, City Hall

TIME Thu–Sat 7.15pm, Sun 6.15pm

TICKETS $32 (f), $25 (c) + transaction fee

VENUE Brisbane Room, City Hall

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

TICKETS Thu $33, Fri + Sat $37 (f), $33 (c), Sun $35 (f), $33 (c)

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“A SHOW THAT IS LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY AND ENRAGING AT THE SAME TIME.”

THE GUARDIAN

“UTTERLY OUTLANDISH, BUT BENEATH LAYERS OF ABSURDITY IS FOOT’S SHARP EYE FOR SATIRE.” TIME OUT

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BECKY LUCAS LITTLE BITCH

Becky Lucas is a little bitch and she’s back at Brisbane Comedy Festival! One of the most exciting new voices on the scene, Brisbane local Becky Lucas returns with a brand new show. If you follow her on Twitter or subscribe to her popular newsletter, you know Becky’s one of most exciting rising stars of Australian comedy for a reason. She’s written for Emmy nominated show Please Like Me and is co-writing Matt Okine’s upcoming show on Stan. She’s also been busy performing on TV (ABC, The Comedy Channel) and opening for the likes of Wil Anderson, Jim Norton and Joel Creasey.

PROBLEMATIC

A funny show about whether anything can be funny anymore. WINNER HELPMANN AWARD FOR BEST COMEDY PERFORMER, 2016 NOMINEE BARRY AWARD FOR BEST SHOW MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL, 2016 NOMINEE BEST COMEDY EDINBURGH FRINGE, 2016 PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 21–Sun 26 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.15pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu $25, Fri + Sun $32, Sat $35 + transaction fee

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“Consistently, archly funny, Ballard is precisely the sort of political commentator the world needs.” «««« THE SCOTSMAN (UK)

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 14–Sun 19 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7.30pm

“a vitally relevant show, boasting plenty of excellent routines underpinned by a biting wit and fierce social conscience.” CHORTLE (UK)

VENUE Rooftop Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu + Sun $20, Fri + Sat $25

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“REFRESHINGLY REAL, WITH NO GIMMICKS.”

TOM BALLARD

BEAT MAG PAGE 23


BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017 SCHEDULE BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA

05

Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall

WEEK ONE SHOWS

P.

VENUE

AFTER HOURS

46

Turbine Studio

ALEX WILLIAMSON

41

Powerhouse Theatre

ANGUS GORDON

38

Graffiti Room

AUNTY DONNA

14

Powerhouse Theatre

CHRIS WAINHOUSE

42

Turbine Studio

FRENCHY

32

Powerhouse Theatre

LUKE HEGGIE

36

Rooftop Terrace

MICHAEL WORKMAN

32

Graffiti Room

NEEL KOLHATKAR

13

Powerhouse Theatre

POTTER UNPLOTTED

44

Rooftop Terrace

QLD THEATRESPORTS

46

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

WED 01 MAR

THU 02 MAR

FRI 03 MAR 10pm

8.30pm

7.15pm

8.30pm

7.15pm

8.30pm

7.15pm

6pm

SAT 04 MAR

SUN 05 MAR

10pm 9.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7.30pm

7.15pm

6pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

6.15pm

9pm 8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7.30pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

6pm

7.45pm 7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7.45pm

7.45pm

6pm

RHYS NICHOLSON

37

Turbine Studio

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

STEVE HUGHES

40

Visy Theatre

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7pm

TOMMY LITTLE

11

Visy Theatre

7pm

7pm

7pm

5.30pm 7pm

5.30pm

WEEK TWO SHOWS

P.

VENUE

TUE 07 MAR

WED 08 MAR

THU 09 MAR

FRI 10 MAR

SAT 11 MAR

SUN 12 MAR

#FIRSTWORLDWHITEGIRLS

28

Rooftop Terrace

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7.30pm

AFTER HOURS

46

Turbine Studio

10pm

10pm

ALEX WARD

32

Graffiti Room

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7.30pm

9.45pm

9.45pm

9.45pm

8.30pm

ANNE EDMONDS

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

TUE 28 FEB

SUN 26 FEB

8.30pm

8.30pm

Visy Theatre

8.45pm

7.45pm

BEN RUSSELL & XAVIER MICHELIDES

34

Rooftop Terrace

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

6pm

CAL WILSON

09

Visy Theatre

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

5.30pm

CAM KNIGHT

31

Turbine Studio

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

7.45pm

DAMIEN POWER

26

Turbine Studio

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

6.15pm

DAVE HUGHES

21

Powerhouse Theatre

8.45pm

8.45pm

7.45pm

8.30pm

DAVE O’NEIL

19

Visy Theatre

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7pm

DUSTY RICH

26

Graffiti Room

7pm

7pm

7pm

JOEL CREASEY

09

Powerhouse Theatre

LUKE McGREGOR

35

Powerhouse Theatre

QLD THEATRESPORTS

46

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

WEEK THREE SHOWS

P.

VENUE

TUE 14 MAR

WED 15 MAR

ABORIGINAL ALLSTARS

45

Turbine Studio

7.15pm

7.15pm

AFTER HOURS

46

Turbine Studio

BECKY LUCAS

23

Rooftop Terrace

8.30pm

8.30pm

CAMERON JAMES

28

Graffiti Room

7pm

7pm

CLASS CLOWNS: HEATS

43

Visy Theatre

2pm

DANIEL SLOSS

27

Visy Theatre

7pm

7pm

7pm

6pm 5pm

7pm

7pm

9.30pm

7.45pm

7.45pm

THU 16 MAR

FRI 17 MAR

SAT 18 MAR

SUN 19 MAR

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

6.15pm

10pm

10pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7.30pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

6pm

4pm 7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

5.30pm


BRISBANE POWERHOUSE BRISBANE CITY HALL BRISBANE POWERHOUSE BRISBANE CITY HALL

TUE 14 MAR

WED 15 MAR

THU 16 MAR

FRI 17 MAR

SAT 18 MAR

SUN 19 MAR

WEEK THREE SHOWS CONT.

P.

VENUE

JEFF GREEN

20

Visy Theatre

FRANK WOODLEY

29

Powerhouse Theatre

GUY MONTGOMERY

36

Rooftop Terrace

HANNAH GADSBY

18

Powerhouse Theatre

MATT OKINE

08

Powerhouse Theatre

9pm

9.30pm

5pm

MEL BUTTLE

13

Turbine Studio

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

7.45pm

NICK CODY

33

Visy Theatre

9.30pm

9.30pm

9.30pm

9.30pm

9.30pm

8.30pm

SAMI SHAH

26

Graffiti Room

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7.30pm

QLD THEATREPORTS

46

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

7.45pm

7.45pm

CONVINCE ME!

43

King George Square

DAVE THORNTON

16

Brisbane Room

HANNAH GADSBY

18

Ithaca Auditorium

LEHMO

20

Ithaca Auditorium

QLD BORN AND BREAD

45

Brisbane Room

ROVE McMANUS

11

Ithaca Auditorium

WEEK FOUR SHOWS

P.

VENUE

AARON CHEN

38

Graffiti Room

AFTER HOURS

46

Turbine Studio

7pm

7pm

8.15pm

8.15pm

7pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

6pm

6.45pm

7pm

7pm

7.30pm

7pm

6pm

7.45pm

8.30pm

7.30pm 7.15pm

6.30pm 5.45pm 7.15pm

6.15pm

7.30pm

9pm 8pm

7pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

7.45pm

7.30pm

6.30pm

5.30pm

FRI 24 MAR

SAT 25 MAR

SUN 26 MAR

7pm

7pm

6pm

10pm

10pm

TUE 21 MAR

WED 22 MAR

THU 23 MAR

7pm

7pm

7pm

CHARLIE PICKERING

30

Powerhouse Theatre

5pm

CLASS CLOWNS: FINAL

43

Visy Theatre

2pm

JASON BYRNE

12

Powerhouse Theatre

LAWRENCE LEUNG

30

Turbine Studio

QLD THEATRESPORTS

46

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

SAM CAMPBELL

38

Rooftop Terrace

SAM SIMMONS

39

Powerhouse Theatre

STEEN RASKOPOULOS

34

Turbine Studio

STRIPNOSIS

41

Visy Theatre

SUSIE YOUSSEF

20

Rooftop Terrace

7pm

7pm

7pm

TOM BALLARD

23

Visy Theatre

8.15pm

8.15pm

8.15pm

TOM WALKER

28

Graffiti Room

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

URZILA CARLSON

19

Visy Theatre

CONVINCE ME!

43

King George Square

FIONA O’LOUGHLIN

17

Ithaca Auditorium

MERRICK WATTS

15

PAUL FOOT

8.30pm

8.30pm

7pm

9pm

9pm

9.30pm

8.30pm

8.40pm

8.40pm

8.40pm

7.40pm

7.45pm

7.45pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7.30pm

7.15pm

6pm 7.45pm

6.45pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

6.15pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

5.30pm

7pm

7pm

6pm

8.15pm

8.15pm

7pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7.30pm

9.30pm

9.30pm

9.30pm

8.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

6.30pm

9pm

9pm

9pm

9.30pm

8.30pm

Ithaca Auditorium

7.30pm

7.30pm

8pm

7pm

22

Brisbane Room

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

6.15pm

SAMMY J

16

Brisbane Room

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

7.45pm

STEPHEN K AMOS

06

Main Auditorium

TOM BALLARD

22

Ithaca Auditorium

4.15pm

4.15pm

5pm 7pm

6pm

8.50pm

7.50pm

TOM GLEESON

10

Main Auditorium

WIL ANDERSON

07

Main Auditorium

RUBY WAX

15

Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse

7pm

8.50pm

TUE 28 MAR

7.30pm

All shows run for approximately 60 mins


DAMIEN POWER UTOPIA: NOW IN 3D!

Brisbane’s own rising star of the Australian comedy scene debuts his brand new show. Damien’s assured style and material that swerves from the everyday to the philosophical has everyone talking, thinking­, and laughing. WINNER DIRECTORS’ CHOICE AWARD, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2016 NOMINATED BARRY AWARD FOR BEST SHOW, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2016 AS SEEN ON THE PROJECT

“intelligent, challenging, and utterly enjoyable.” ««««

THE MUSIC

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 07–Sun 12 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 6.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu $22, Fri–Sat $32, Sun $28 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

DUSTY RICH

DUSTY RICH AND THE VOICES Unconventional South African comedian, Dusty Rich is a master of crowd interaction, moving spontaneous ideas around the room faster than his yoga-like lunges accentuating a physicality that only makes his performances even more hilarious. Supporting Trevor Noah for four years, Rich’s wild and unpredictable improvisation ranges from stories of growing up poor and skinny in post-apartheid South Africa, the perils of relationships, embracing his own 'crazy', marrying far above his means and moving to Australia. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND BASED COMEDY DATE Tue 07–Sun 12 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm VENUE Graffiti Room, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue $15, Wed–Sun $25 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

SAMI SHAH ISLAMOFARCIST

Putting the HA in JIHAD. What is Islam? How many types of Muslims are there? And what does it all have to do with Baywatch? Sami Shah is an ex-Muslim, which makes him uniquely placed to understand Islam in Australia, and to explain it to you. Don’t miss Sami’s multi-award winning show, as heard on ABC’s Radio National. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND SAMI SHAH DATE Tue 14–Sun 19 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7.30pm VENUE Graffiti Room, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS $30 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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“DARK AND MOCKING HUMOUR WITH A STING... A WELCOME HOUR OF DELICIOUSLY DARK STAND-UP.”

«««« MAIL ON SUNDAY

DANIEL SLOSS So?

Don’t miss the stunning new show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning comedian! Daniel has sold out nine consecutive Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows and tours extensively throughout UK, Europe, Australasia and USA. His many TV appearances includes Sunday Night at the Palladium, Russell Howard’s Good News and six appearances on Conan O’Brien. Hot on the heels of last year’s incredible 80 date UK + European DARK tour, he’s made his New York debut with a smash-hit season at the Soho Playhouse followed by a sold-out three month tour of Australia and New Zealand.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL, MZA ARTISTS AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 14–Sun 19 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu $25 (f), $23 (c),

Fri + Sat $35 (f), $32 (c), Sun $30 (f), $28 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 16+ IMAGE: GAVIN EVANS

SO?... what else is new…?! PAGE 27


#FIRSTWORLDWHITEGIRLS BOTOX PARTY!

Since their sell-out debut in 2014, #FirstWorldWhiteGirls have been making audiences squirm with delight with their hilariously narcissistic brand of slick comedy and catchy vocals. This year, they’re throwing the most exclusive party in town and you're invited! Grab a botox cocktail and join the girls for an outrageous hour of confessions, celebrity worship, backstabbing and original comic songs celebrating first world vanity—quinoa enemas, accidental sexting, designer dogs and the Refugee Diet. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND WIV PRESENTS DATE Tue 07–Sun 12 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7.30pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue $20, Wed–Thu + Sun $25 (f), $22 (c), Fri–Sat $28 (f), $25 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

IMAGE: JOEL DEVEREUX

CAMERON JAMES 88

Clearly a new comedy talent with a big future, Cameron James thinks you should listen to music loud, never litter and be good to your mother. Having gained a reputation for his wide range of observational and confessional material, his confident and laid back approach, killer crowd work and improviser’s guts has seen him become a familiar face on the Sydney comedy scene and at festivals around Australia. He has become a sought-after feature act, opening for some of the biggest names in comedy. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND A-LIST ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 14–Sun 19 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm VENUE Graffiti Room, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue $15, Wed–Thu + Sun $21, Fri–Sat $25 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

TOM WALKER BEE BOO

Tom Walker is a unique, hilarious and ridiculously accomplished comedian. Fresh from smash hit seasons in Melbourne, Edinburgh and London, Tom arrives at Brisbane Powerhouse to unleash his latest hour for Brisbane Comedy Festival 2017. WINNER BEST NEWCOMER & DIRECTORS’ CHOICE AWARDS MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2016

“WALKER IS A MASTER CLOWN, AN ACCESSIBLE ABSURDIST... NOTHING AVANT GARDE OR PRETENTIOUS HERE. JUST BRILLIANCE.” «««« BROADWAY BABY PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 21–Sun 26 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7.30pm VENUE Graffiti Room, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu $22, Fri–Sat $29, Sun $25 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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“ARGUABLY AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST PHYSICAL COMEDIAN DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST… FIVE STARS IS SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH.”

««««« ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

FRANK WOODLEY I, WOODLEY

Power. Control. How much of it have I got? Not much. If I could get more, would I want it? I like to think that if I was an Egyptian pharaoh, I would’ve used my total unlimited god-like power… in a nice way. When my son called me a dick potato, I was somewhat aghast. I had no idea what a dick potato was, but it didn’t sound good. Turns out… according to him, “You know how potatoes are called ‘taters? Well, a dick potato is like a dick ‘tater, but they’re more of a dick and more of a potato.”

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Thu 16–Sun 19 Mar TIME Thu–Fri 7.15pm, Sat 6pm, Sun 6.45pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Thu $30, Fri + Sun $42, Sat $44 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

How did this happen? My own subjects… err, I mean children, consider me a dick potato. Dir. Bob Franklin. PAGE 29


LAWRENCE LEUNG

CHARLIE PICKERING

Don't miss out on experiencing the most unique, side-splitting and mind-bending show of the year—experiments, mind games and impossible coincidences.

The star of ABC’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering returns to Brisbane for one show only.

ONE NIGHT

VERY STRANGE THINGS

After sold-out shows and critical acclaim in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and visits to the Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals, Lawrence Leung’s Very Strange Things comes to Brisbane. Join Lawrence in his fascinating yet ethicallydubious laboratory of unexplainable things. An evening of comedic curiosities described as "mind-blowing" in Time Out's list of Must-See Melbourne International Comedy Festival Shows. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND A-LIST ENTERTAINMENT

Before taking up residence behind various TV desks, Charlie spent ten years travelling the globe as a bona fide world-class stand-up comedian. He honed his craft on the road—developing the smart, insightful comedy he is now famous for. This is a rare chance to catch one of Australia’s most prolific and engaged comedians away from the cameras. This will sell fast. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Sun 26 Mar TIME 5pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS $39 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

DATE Thu 23–Sun 26 Mar TIME Thu–Sat 8.40pm, Sun 7.40pm VENUE Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS $32 (f), $28 (c and groups 6+)

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) PAGE 30

“CHARMING COMPANY AND A NATURAL RACONTEUR.”

«««« THE SCOTSMAN (UK)


“WHEN IT COMES TO WORKING A ROOM THERE ISN'T A SINGLE COMIC THAT EVEN COMES REMOTELY CLOSE TO HIS ABILITY. IN THAT RESPECT KNIGHT STANDS ALONE AS THE MASTER OF ALL MASTERS.”

««««« LAST LAUGH

CAM KNIGHT ALL TIME

Following on from a huge 2016, which included co-hosting Unreal Estate on Channel 9 and seen on Just for Laughs, ABC TV’s Back Seat Drivers, Soul Mates and How Not to Behave, don’t miss one of Australia’s finest live comedians in All Time. His previous solo show, Almost Bulletproof received a highly coveted five star review from Show 100 Percenter and gained a national run of sold out festival shows, including encore performances at the Sydney Comedy Store. NOMINEE BEST COMEDY SHOW, PERTH FRINGE WORLD 2015 + 2016

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND MARK DAVID MANAGEMENT DATE Tue 07–Sun 12 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.45pm VENUE Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue $15, Wed–Thu + Sun $22 (f), $19 (c), Fri–Sat $27 (f), $25 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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ALEX WARD QUIET

Alex Ward returns home with her debut solo show, Quiet. Life is full of certainties and uncertainties. For instance: it was uncertain, when growing up, how straight Alex's parents could get her teeth, but it was certain they would subject her to as much pain as necessary to achieve their goal. When not performing stand-up, Alex is lighting up the Melbourne air-ways on JOY 94.9. Her new show will fill you with anxiety, warmth, self belief, hope… and maybe love. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND ALEX WARD DATE Tue 07–Sun 12 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7.30pm VENUE Graffiti Room, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue $18 (f), $16 (c), Wed–Fri + Sun $20 (f), $19 (c), Sat $25 (f), $19 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

FRENCHY

FRENCHY UNLEASHED He may look like Big Bird after a fresh buzz-cut, but Frenchy is no Muppet! He’s sold out major comedy festivals and theatres around Australia, New Zealand and the UK, but his live show is where he really unleashes his anarchic wit. Find out what his two million social media followers love about Frenchy— and prepare to be offended! “GASP-INDUCING, NO HOLDS BARRED... GLORIOUSLY FILTHY AND IRREVERENT COMEDY.” APPETITE FOR THE ARTS (NZ) PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND FRONTIER COMEDY DATE Fri 03 Mar TIME 9pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS $30 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

MICHAEL WORKMAN

NOTHING YOU DO MEANS ANYTHING Michael Workman has been getting jaded and weird. This is a show about that. And bees. It’s pieced together from angry letters to the editor and half cut off biographies from Fantales wrappers. It’s sometimes quite beautiful and lucid, and other times it’s manic and frightening. Nothing You Do Means Anything is broken and parts of it are on fire. It smells like wet carpet, and it leans to one side, but that’s kind of good. This is the most iconoclastic show multi-award winning comedian Michael Workman has produced. It may kill him. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 28 Feb–Sun 05 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm VENUE Graffiti Room, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu + Sun $20, Fri + Sat $25 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) PAGE 32


“NICK CODY IS A REVELATION."

«««« HERALD SUN

“THE BEARDED AUSSIE DELIVERED A MASTER CLASS IN STAND-UP.”

«««« THE HERALD (UK)

NICK CODY ON FIRE

Red bearded wonder, Nick Cody is back in Brisbane with a brand new hour of hilarious stand-up. In the last year, Nick made his US TV debut on Conan, performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, had two runs at the Soho Theatre in London and just generally kicked ass around the globe. Don’t miss Australia’s next big thing. He is ON FIRE!

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 14–Sun 19 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu + Sun $25, Fri + Sat $32

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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STEEN RASKOPOULOS YOU KNOW THE DRILL

Fresh from sold out runs in Melbourne, Sydney, Edinburgh and London, You Know The Drill comes to Brisbane Comedy Festival. From one of the most innovative and exciting names in Australian comedy, the carefully crafted characters, world-class improvisation and inspired spontaneity make the experience of seeing Steen Raskopoulos one you simply must not miss. AS SEEN ON WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? AUSTRALIA PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS

BEN RUSSEL AND XAVIER MICHELIDES Nö Shöw

Two veteran festival performers have come to a crossroads. It’s opening night of their brand new show and no one has purchased a ticket. With an empty room and 55 minutes to fill, the duo analyse their professional past and contemplate the future of their act. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL, BEN RUSSELL AND XAVIER MICHELIDES DATE Tue 07–Sun 12 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm

DATE Thu 23–Sun 26 Mar

VENUE Rooftop Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse

TIME Thu–Sat 7.15pm, Sun 6.15pm

TICKETS Tue–Thu + Sun $20, Fri–Sat $25 + transaction fee

VENUE Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

TICKETS Thu $22, Fri + Sun $28, Sat $32 + transaction fee

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“ambitious and hilarious.”

«««« THE AGE

“like witnessing a talent explosion that is really going somewhere.” «««« THE TIMES (UK) PAGE 34

“If you have any interest in the art form and want to see two of our most brilliant comedy talents give it their all, it’s well worth braving.” «««« HERALD SUN


“THERE ARE PLENTY OF COMEDIANS WITH SWAGGER OUT THERE, BUT AT THE MOMENT MCGREGOR HAS SOMETHING BETTER — HONESTY.”

«««« THE AGE

LUKE McGREGOR ALMOST FIXED IT

Luke McGregor’s almost fixed it… his life, that is. He now has a real, actual girlfriend, something he previously thought impossible because of both his face and personality. With his new found personal security, he’s now got time to worry about all the stuff that is actually worth worrying about. Luke recently appeared in the documentary series, Luke Warm Sex and the incredible Rosehaven (ABC TV). Now, see him live in his brand new stand up show.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Thu 09–Sat 11 Mar TIME Thu + Fri 7pm, Sat 9.30pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Thu $25, Fri + Sat $39 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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LUKE HEGGIE

ROUGH DIAMANTÉ Luke Heggie is back with another harsh but fair show about idiots. He is known widely for speaking to audiences as their equal, offering a temporary escape from their banal, stupid and largely pointless lives. If you are the kind of person who plays competition frisbee, have changed your mind after a chef has begun cooking your meal, your signature takes longer than three seconds to write, or you engage in unsolicited traffic direction—don’t come to this show. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 28 Feb–Sun 05 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7.30pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse

GUY MONTGOMERY LET'S ALL GET IN A ROOM TOGETHER

Guy Montgomery comes to Brisbane, “the thirdmost populous city in Australia” (Wikipedia) for the first time with a brand new show. Warm on the heels of a Best Newcomer nomination at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Guy brings an exciting new hour of stand up comedy to the hard working people of Queensland, in the hopes of getting all of them in a room together and mercilessly entertaining them. Expect another hour of ”Absurd, ridiculous, high energy, intelligent” (Gather&Hunt) comedy from one of New Zealand's fastest rising stars. Let's all get in a room together. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

TICKETS Tue–Thu $20, Fri–Sat $27, Sun $23 + transaction fee

AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

DATE Tue 14–Sun 19 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu + Sun $20, Fri–Sat $25

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) PAGE 36


“SO CLEARLY MATCH-FIT. THE MOST POWERFUL HE’S EVER BEEN. HE COMES IN PEACE AND LEAVES YOU IN PIECES.”

«««« HERALD SUN

RHYS NICHOLSON I’M FINE

After travelling the international circuit, Rhys Nicholson packs a new show with his razor-sharp and daring wit. Don’t miss out! Hey there. So last year went pretty ok. People came to my show, reviews were good and it was nominated for a respected award. Why not come and watch me desperately try and back that up this year? C’mon. Why wouldn’t you? Even if it’s not good, hating on something is super fun. No refunds.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 28 Feb–Sun 05 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.45pm VENUE Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu + Sun $25, Fri–Sat $30 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) PAGE 37


AARON CHEN

THE INFINITE FACES OF CHENNY BABY RAW Comedy grand finalist and Class Clowns winner Aaron Chen makes his Brisbane debut. Spaceman and multidisciplinary artist Aaron Chen brings you the freshest and most funny hour of comedy you will have seen up until this point. It will cover most of the major topics (going to the party) and some minor ones too (apple crumble). Each joke in this show will stand the test of time and will not date. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 21–Sun 26 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm VENUE Graffiti Room, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu + Sun $20, Fri–Sat $25 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

SAM CAMPBELL THE SLAMMER

Hey thanks for reading this blurb. What a weird word—Blurb. BLURB. This blurb is for my hot new comedy show, which is all about prison. I will be performing the show inside a cage, dangling above the audience (if the lady at Brisbane Powerhouse says we are allowed). BLUUURB. P.S. My phone number is 0439 211 892 if you want to hang during the day while I’m in Brisbane. I have to go see my nana in Mount Gravatt but apart from that I should be free. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 21–Sun 26 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7.30pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu + Sun $20, Fri–Sat $25 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

ANGUS GORDON SAD BOY COMEDY HOUR

A series of pauses that build tension towards a climax. Teetering between bleak anti-humour and punchy one-liners, Angus Gordon balances whimsy and social critique. The show is the best of his stand up, often focusing on the violent contradictions that constitute ordinary experience, and a series of little parables he wrote in a diary while going through depression. It’s funny! WINNER RAW COMEDY 2015 PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND ANGUS GORDON DATE Tue 28 Feb–Sun 05 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7.30pm VENUE Graffiti Room, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue–Thu + Sun $20, Fri–Sat $25 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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“THIS SHOW BOTH DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION AND DESERVES IT."

««««« THE TIMES (UK)

SAM SIMMONS A-K

Forty year old man sits on stage and reads the phone book. G Jones 08 323 7261 I wonder what he's up to these days? 2016 saw Sam Simmons completely sell out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne and Brisbane Comedy Festivals, the West End and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with his huge popularity seeing him do return seasons in both Melbourne and London. He was also invited to perform in the latest series of BBC’s comedy program, Live at the Apollo. Don’t miss this brand new offering from a unique, once in a generation comedian.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Fri 24–Sun 26 Mar TIME Fri 7.15pm, Sat 6pm + 7.45pm, Sun 6.45pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Fri $25, Sat $39, Sun $34 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

WINNER FOSTERS AWARD FOR BEST COMEDY, EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2015 WINNER BARRY AWARD FOR BEST SHOW, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2015 PAGE 39


“HE’S READ THE SO-CALLED SOCIAL CONTRACT AND IS DEEPLY SUSPICIOUS OF IT… LIKE ART AND TRAVEL, STEVE HUGHES REMINDS US THAT THINGS CAN BE OTHERWISE THAN THEY ARE. WHETHER YOU LIKE HIM OR NOT, THAT’S SOMETHING WE COULD DO WITH MORE OF IN THIS COUNTRY. MUCH MORE." THE AGE

STEVE HUGHES Internationally renowned stand-up comedian, Steve Hughes tells it like it is—confronting, thought provoking and always hilarious. He’s back with a brand new show that you sure as hell don’t want to miss.

“...AN HONESTY AND OPENNESS RARELY SEEN AMONG COMICS. HIS INSIGHTS ARE SPOT ON, HIS OPINIONS ARE INTELLIGENT AND HIS JOKES ARE TOP CLASS.” THE GUARDIAN PAGE 40

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 28 Feb–Sun 05 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue $30, Wed–Thu + Sun $35,

Fri–Sat $45 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)


ALEX WILLIAMSON MAKE THE WORLD A BANTER PLACE “Overwhelmingly politically incorrect” (What’s Good, NZ), Alex has smashed out a new show yearly since he began channelling the genius that’s earned him three million social media followers into live shows. One of the hottest tix in Australia and the UK, darkly intelligent, crassly funny Shooter’s latest offering is what comedy looks like in the 21st Century. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND FRONTIER COMEDY DATE Sat 04 + Sun 05 Mar TIME Sat 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS $30 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“this is how a modern comic mind SHOULD work.”

STRIPNOSIS WAKE UP YOUR WILD SIDE Stripnosis is your TRANCE to be the star, in the world’s funniest and naughtiest hypnotism show! International comedy hypnotist Anthony Laffan will take the audience (and you, if you dare) on a hilarious and spellbinding journey that needs to be seen to be believed. Stripnosis is uncensored, unfiltered, and unbelievable. Each night is a completely different show when willing audience participants fall under Laffan’s trance and become the stars—as they are hypnotised and removed of all inhibitions, insecurities, and cares, to carry out hilariously naughty sketches, devilish acts, and side-splitting performances. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on!

HERALD SUN PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL,

“wildly entertaining.” RIP IT UP

CHRISTOPHER WAYNE & SAMUEL KLINGNER ENTERTAINMENT DATE Wed 22–Sun 26 Mar

“he could easily be friends with this crowd.” THEATREVIEW (NZ)

TIME Wed–Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS $39.90 + transaction fee

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“CHRIS’ RAPID FIRE WIT AND RAPIER DELIVERY HAS AUDIENCES BEGGING FOR MERCY." BRISBANE NEWS

CHRIS WAINHOUSE JUDGED

Ten years ago Chris did a short stint in a maximum security prison. This show is for anyone who didn't read his scathing review on Trip Adviser. Spoiler alert... he wasn't a fan. Known for his searing angular prose and regarded by many as one of the finest comedians and comedy writers in the business. In 2016 Chris took home the coveted Melbourne International Comedy Festival Piece of Wood Award. He’s also won the Comedian of the Year (previously won by Carl Baron, Flacco and The Umbilical Brothers). Sharp witted and daringly clever, Chris Wainhouse is guaranteed to bring any audience undone. PAGE 42

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND MARK DAVID MANAGEMENT DATE Tue 28 Feb–Sun 05 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7.15pm, Sun 6.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Tue $15, Wed–Thu + Sun $22 (f), $19 (c), Fri–Sat $27 (f), $25 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)


CONVINCE ME! BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL DEBATES

Grab your palm cards, polish your rebuttal and join us in reclaiming the art of debating from Twitter trolls and racist uncles. Convince Me! is a series of free debates featuring noted Brisbane brains from a diverse range of backgrounds and professions, and festival comedians up for a challenge. No topic will be too sublime nor ridiculous for our clever teams of riotous rhetoricians as they take up opposing positions and work hard to win you over. Each debate will feature a different line-up, all under the watchful eye of Mr Moderator. But ultimately it is you, the thinking comedy lover, who'll have to be convinced. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL DATE Thu 16–Sun 26 Mar

(except Sat 18, Mon 20 + Tue 21 Mar) TIME Wed–Sat 7.30pm, Sun 6.30pm VENUE King George Square, City Hall TICKETS Free

CLASS CLOWNS Each year hundreds of teens take their comedy out of the classroom and into the wider community for Class Clowns. The national competition encourages teens with a talent for comedy to unleash their comic voice, just like past participants Joel Creasey, Josh Thomas, Tom Ballard and Neel Kolhatkar. Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s one-of-akind, national secondary school comedy competition is open to people aged 14–18. Hosted by a special guest comedian, register your stand-up, sketch, physical or musical act for free, or be part of the audience! Any format goes as long as it is only 3-5 minutes long… and funny! State Final winners perform at the National Grand Final in Melbourne and go into the running to win a $2500 prize package. To register go to: classclowns.com.au. PRESENTED BY MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL AND BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL DATE Tue 14 + Sat 18 Mar (heats), Sun 26 Mar (finals) TIME Tue 2pm, Sat 4pm, Sun 2pm VENUE Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Heats: Free. Finals: $17 (f), $13 (c) + transaction fee

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POTTER UNPLOTTED: IMPROVISED COMEDY FOR MISCHIEVOUS MUGGLES

Think you know the wizarding world? Think again. Brisbane’s own ImproMafia is taking you off the Marauder’s Map with a spellbinding improvised parody. Discover the dirty little secrets that supporting characters don’t want you to know and find out what goes on when Harry isn’t around! Whether you’re a complete Potterhead or your Hogwarts letter never came, you’d be Dementor-ed to miss this hilarious adults-only show created on the spot from your suggestions. Grab a butterbeer and Slytherin to the Rooftop Terrace for a Sirius-ly good time! PAGE 44

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND IMPROMAFIA PRESENTED WITH PERMISSION OF SCRIPTEASE

DATE Tue 28 Feb–Sun 05 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace,

Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS $24 (f), $20 (c + student)

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) IMAGE: IMAGES BY ANDERSON


ABORIGINAL COMEDY ALLSTARS From the oldest culture on earth comes the freshest and funniest stand-up comedy around. It’s the all-original Aboriginal Comedy Allstars showcase, featuring three of the brightest comedy stars under the Milky Way. It doesn’t get more Aussie than this! This comedy show is cheeky, playful, irreverent, and absolutely hilarious! The Aboriginal Comedy Allstars is a unique comedy experience with great, big belly laughs from the heart of the wide, brown land. Featuring: Kevin Kropinyeri (SA), Matt Ford (QLD) and Andrew Saunders (NSW).

QLD BORN AND BREAD Proving that it really is the best thing since sliced bread, Born and Bread is back bigger and better than ever in 2017. With a fresh line-up of artists from the Sunshine State, five of Australia’s most promising comedians share the stage for one hour of stand-up, stories and one-liners. The only things these acts truly have in common are that they’re funny and from Queensland. Featuring Danielle Walker, Tim Hewitt, Joe Shaffer, Dan Rath and Cameron Duggan, come see what these emerging comedians have learnt since leaving town and what they can never un-learn from being raised in Queensland. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

“This show is hilarious. Belly aching, cheek hurting, hilarious… See it. See it. See it.”

DATE Thu 16–Sun 19 Mar

««««« ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

VENUE Brisbane Room, City Hall

TIME Thu–Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.45pm TICKETS Thu $20, Fri + Sun $22, Sat $25 + transaction fee

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

AND KANDY PRODUCTIONS DATE Tue 14–Sun 19 Mar

PICTURED: DANIELLE LEE WALKER

TIME Tue–Sat 7.15pm, Sun 6.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS $30 + transaction fee

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THE QUEENSLAND THEATRESPORTS™

AFTER HOURS

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Choose a team! Our state’s finest impro comedians are going head to head with songs, games and scenes, all invented on the spot from your suggestions. Armed with nothing but their wits, they’ll duke it out on the Turbine Platform every Friday and Saturday night of the festival—but only one team will ascend the leaderboard to become the Queensland Theatresports™ champions! PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

Keep laughing late into the night with After Hours! Don’t miss the Festival’s late-night variety show with a mix of festival acts and Brisbane's best local comedians. Featuring an ever-changing line-up, this is where Brisbane’s favourite comedians go to get loose, try new material and bring back some old favourites. Line-up announced each week at: brisbanecomedyfestival.com

AND IMPROMAFIA

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

DATE Fri 03–Sat 25 Mar (Fri + Sat only)

DATE Fri 03–Sat 25 Mar (Fri + Sat only)

TIME 7.45pm

TIME 10pm

VENUE The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge,

VENUE Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse TICKETS Free

TICKETS $15 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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Brisbane Powerhouse, Ground Level 119 Lamington St, New Farm wattbrisbane.com.au

BRISBANE STREET FOOD DEPOT

+61 7 3358 5464

King George Square will be a hive of activity and flavours for Brisbane Comedy Festival with the Street Food Depot playing host to Brisbane’s most talented and multicultural vendors. The esteemed street food purveyors and food trucksters roll into the heart of Brisbane City, dishing out sublime flavours from around the world. And for the Festival, they will be serving it up with a side of comedy, as Convince Me! makes audiences chuckle as they discover delicious new flavours. Get the full Brisbane Comedy Festival experience and come to your City Hall show early to grab a bite to eat in the Square. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL DATE Thu 16–Sun 26 Mar (except Sat 18, Mon 20, Tue 21) TIME Wed–Sat from 6pm VENUE King George Square, City Hall TICKETS Free

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